Lisa’s Reading List and Favorite Books

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Truth be told, I’m a bit of a book addict. Have been my whole life. 

I use books to lift my spirits, go deeper in my spiritual journey, learn new skills, get inspiration, breakthrough blocks, to be entertained…there are so many GREAT reasons to be a book person.

As technical as I am, I still prefer a hardbound printed book over a digital copy. I know, I know, they take up space and are a pain in the ass to move if you move a lot (as a former military spouse we’ve moved a lot — even to Europe!).

There’s just something about holding the book in my hand, the feel of the paper and for a lot of my books, the opportunity to break out my trusty highlighter!!!

Below, I’ve listed my favorite books in a variety of categories. I’ve also linked them to Amazon (I am an affiliate so I might make 1/100th of a penny if you buy one) so you can have easy access if you want to check something out.

Enjoy the reading list 📖

What I’m currently reading 👓

book cover for Atomic Habits
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Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

This breakthrough book from James Clear is the most comprehensive guide on how to change your habits and get 1% better every day.

I’ve followed James for years now and I love his direct, thoughtful approach to living a better life. I love this book so much I’ve recommended it to all of my clients.

book cover of flash count diaries
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Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life by Darcey Steinke

As a woman of a certain age, this book spoke to me. I find her humor, soul-ripping revelations and personal journey to be inspiring and thought-provoking.

From Amazon: “In Flash Count Diary, Steinke writes frankly about aspects of Menopause that have rarely been written about before. She explores the changing gender landscape that comes with reduced hormone levels, and lays bare the transformation of female desire and the realities of prejudice against older women. Weaving together her personal story with philosophy, science, art, and literature, Steinke reveals that in the seventeenth century, women who had hot flashes in front of others could be accused of being witches; that the model for Duchamp’s famous Étant donnés was a post-reproductive woman; and that killer whales―one of the only other species on earth to undergo menopause―live long post-reproductive lives.”

Inspirational Faves 👓

book cover big magic
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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

C’mon ya’ll! The author of Eat.Pray.Love. is sharing her creative process and in the midst calling us to find our own creative passions. I found this book to be so intuitive and I’ll go back to it again and again when I’m feeling a creative slump.

From Amazon: “Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.”

book cover make your bed
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Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World Hardcover by Admiral William H. McRaven

It’s true that the little things make the biggest difference over time and this book illustrates that with great stories and practical applications.

From Amazon: “[he] recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life’s darkest moments.”

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